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Thefts From Departmental Offices

Volume 940: debated on Thursday 1 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list all robberies from his Department's offices in the last two years, giving the amount stolen in each case, including the value of uncashed order books, &c., and also listing items stolen upon which it is impossible to put a precise value.

Since 1st January 1976, local offices have been broken into on 324 occasions.In 110 cases nothing was stolen, and in 207 petty theft only was involved. The remaining seven cases were serious and involved instruments of payment. These were as follows:

DateLocal OfficeItems stolenPotential value (i.e. if cashed to maximum value) £
8th January 1976Chelsea423 girocheques11,110
10th January 1976Southend-on-Sea256 mutilated order books.64,100
28th November 1976Crystal Palace1,200 order books624,000
14th March 1977Clacton418 girocheques15,620
13th June 1977St. Margarets Hall44 order books6,500
5th October 1977Glasgow (Partick)4,053 girocheques298,160
17th October 1977Glasgow (Dalmarnock)400 order books208,000
Instruments of payment to a potential value of £890,500 have been recovered, and to a value of £14,200 have been detected as cashed.